The Metropolitan is a 133 unit tax-credit financed affordable housing project in the city of San Jose. The City’s interest was in presenting a varied and active frontage along this commercial thoroughfare opposite a new “big-box” super center. The
response was to break up the massing in height and setback and to concentrate common uses like lounges, laundries, workout room and management offces near the project entry. These common areas are extended out towards the sidewalk via patios –further blurring the “residential only” program of the development. Inside, the project wraps around a generous courtyard and
clubhouse. Passive and active play and relaxation areas are developed to lure residents out of their units and into the landscape. Parking is effciently handled in a two-level structure at the rear of the parcel. The concrete garage also serves as a sound buffer to the railroad tracks that run just beyond the rear property line.